Step into the shoes of a government official in a top-secret department of the Orwell surveillance program. Given the power to both uncover and fabricate "the truth", how far will you go in the service of your country? Season 2 of Orwell, the award-winning surveillance thriller.
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February 22

Fan loyalty discount - An additional 10% off will be automatically applied

Season Two of Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is out! Fans who own the original Orwell will receive an additional 10% off for Ignorance is Strength when they purchase. It's valid for one week only, so make sure you redeem it during launch week.

The discount is added at checkout when you already own Season One. This will save you a total of 20%!

For any new players who have not yet played Orwell, the Seasons Complete bundle is highly recommended as it includes Season One and Season Two, allowing you to pick up both games during launch week at an incredible price.

Purchasing Orwell: Ignorance is Strength will give you access to all three bi-weekly episodes as they unlock, with Episode One: Thesis available to play now!

As a reminder, here's the release schedule for when each episode will go live:

Episode One: Thesis - Out now!
Episode Two: Antithesis - March 8 @ 8am PST/5pmCET
Episode Three: Synthesis - March 22 @ 8am PST/5pm CET

Be sure to let your friends and followers know about the discounts while these great deals exist. And we look forward to hearing what you think about Episode One in the Community Hub on Steam and via social media.

As always, we really appreciate your amazing support!

-Team Osmotic
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February 22

EPISODE ONE OF ORWELL: IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH IS OUT NOW!

Hi Orwell fans.

We did it!

Season Two of Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is available to buy RIGHT NOW! Purchasing Orwell: Ignorance is Strength will give you access to ALL THREE BI-WEEKLY EPISODES as they unlock, with Episode One: Thesis is available to play now!



Be sure to check out all of the bundle deals available, too--one of which is the Deluxe Edition, which includes the game and official soundtrack. Fans who own the original Orwell should also find that they will receive an extra 10% off when arriving at the checkout (valid for one week only).

So that you’re aware, episodes of Orwell: Ignorance is Strength go live as game updates and will release on these dates:
  • Episode One: Thesis - Out now!
  • Episode Two: Antithesis - March 8
  • Episode Three: Synthesis - March 22
Get ready for a dark story of fake news, power and betrayal as you step into the shoes of a government official recruited to “The Office”, a top-secret department of the Orwell program. Through surveillance of phone calls, messages, websites, computers and mobile phones, you’ll choose what information is added to the Orwell system and what is not, influencing how characters are perceived and how the story unfolds.

Set parallel to the events of the original game, Season Two will grant you access to an enhanced build of Orwell, able to go further and influence what information goes out to the public. Given the power to both uncover and fabricate “the truth”, you will ultimately have to decide whether the truth is sacred or ignorance is strength.

In Episode One: Thesis, a political crisis threatens to plunge The Nation and its neighbour, Parges, into violent civil unrest. An officer of the Pargesian military has gone missing and the only clue is a phone call between the missing officer and Raban Vhart, a controversial Pargesian blogger now living in The Nation. With tensions rising between and within the two countries, you must investigate both the disappearance and Vhart in an attempt to diffuse the situation.

We hope you love the experience that awaits you in episode one, and we can’t wait to roll out episodes two and three, where we continue to ratchet up the tension to the season’s dramatic conclusion.

Be sure to let us know what you think of the first episode in the Community Hub on Steam and via social media.

#ProtectTheNation loyal fans. And thank you again for your amazing support!

Team Osmotic
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Release Schedule - 3 Episodes over 5 Weeks

The Orwell series takes the unusual format of releasing as a season of episodes with very short intervals between them. Inspired by serialised drama, the goal is to increase the suspense as players wait for the next episode and connect with each other in the forums to share theories and thoughts on what might happen next.

We highly encourage you to purchase the game in the launch window and play the episodes as they release.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Purchasing the game gets you the whole season. You do NOT need to buy episodes separately.

RELEASE SCHEDULE:


For Orwell: Ignorance Is Strength there are three episodes and there will be two weeks in between them. The first episode, Thesis, will be playable when the game launches at @ 8am PST/5pm CET on Thursday February 22. Episodes 2 and 3 will release as updates on March 8 and March 22 respectively.

Episode One: Thesis - 8am PST/5pm CET, Thursday February 22
Episode Two: Antithesis – 8am PST/5pm CET, Thursday March 8
Episode Three: Synthesis – 8am PST/5pm CET, Thursday March 22

About This Game

Inspired by the rise of fake news, social media echo chambers, and the displacement of truth, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is the second--darker--season of the award-winning surveillance thriller, Orwell. With the power to both uncover and play with "the truth", you must decide for yourself how far you will go in the service of your country and whether the truth is sacred or ignorance is strength.

Inducted into “The Office”--a top-secret department of the government’s Orwell security program--you’ll take on the role of an investigative agent during a time when civil unrest threatens to become a major political crisis between the Nation and neighboring country Parges.

Reporting directly to Orwell adviser, Ampleford, you‘re tasked with uncovering the truth behind the escalating political tension, and delving deep into the lives of Raban Vhart, editor of The People’s Voice and self-proclaimed guardian of truth, his wife, Karen, and his brother, Illya, to uncover their potential involvement.

To assist you in your task, you will be given new tools and mechanics that provide opportunities to control and impact the narrative. A new “time of day” system puts you in time-sensitive situations, making who you chose to investigate and when, more important than ever. You can also research more widely and dig deeper into citizen’s lives, gathering additional information to influence the way events are reported and perceived by the public.

FEATURES:


Investigate the agitators - Enter the world of Orwell and join a top-secret department of agents known as “The Office” during a time of civil unrest and political tension. Profile persons of interest by exploring web pages, social media and private communications. Make connections. Find the information you need to know.

Uncover the truth - Separate the stories from the facts, the propagated myths and fake news from what’s really happening. Identify the hidden agendas of all those involved and expose them.

Manipulate the information - Use Orwell’s upgraded toolset and the information you have uncovered to create your own version of the truth. Then use that to gain influence and control over the situation.

End the threat - Expose the truth. Destroy the lives and influence of those who seek to bring harm to the government and diplomatic relations with neighboring countries. Put an end to the civil unrest threatening to destroy the Nation.

Releasing over three episodes - The game will release on PC, Mac and Linux across three bi-weekly episodes, with episode one available February 22. Be part of the investigation as it unfolds.

Praise for Orwell:


“Grabs the problem of how we balance our own liberty and our safety and turns it into a thrilling adventure.” – Polygon

“In an age where so much personal information is willingly released by so many, Orwell brilliantly explores the implications of this data being misinterpreted.” – GameSpot

"A harrowing look into a reality where Big Brother is always watching" - Rock Paper Shotgun

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU: DirectX 9 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10.5 or above
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU: OpenGL 3.2+
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or above
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU: OpenGL 3.2+
    • Storage: 3 GB available space

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